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This Week in Poker: October 11 – 17

This Week in Poker
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In the PokerGuru feature ‘This Week in Poker’ we bring to you the weekly round up of the biggest online scores by Indian MTT players along with the top stories from both the live and online poker circuit.

Here are this week`s top stories

Another action-packed week is past with a lot happening in poker world with big news pouring in left, right and center.

The Asian circuit got busy with two rocking tournaments grabbing the center stage. For starters, the 2017 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) series officially kicked off on October 13 at PokerStars Live Macau. The record breaking HK$1 million GTD spadie event attracted a massive field of 573 entrants to take the prize pool to HK$2,000,916. Day 2 of the event however got delayed due to Typhoon Khanun but once the last hand was dealt, Adones Carmona had all the chips in play and netted the HK$435,000 top prize.

The Triton Super High Roller Series Macau too commenced this week on October 15 and is slated to run till October 19 at the Galaxy Macau Hotel. Ben Lamb (184,300) bagged the overnight chip lead on Day 1 of the HK$250,000 6-Max Event.

Meanwhile, WPTDeepStacks Netherlands also crowned a champion in Ioannis Konstas. Zarvan Tumboli and Adda52 pro Kunal Patni keeping the Indian flag high through their exploits.

Indian MTT regulars were busy picking up scores on the virtual felts as well. Overall it sure was a hectic week for players with a few making the most of this opportunity to build a healthy bankroll and one player who stands tall among all was Young Gun ‘Bemyfriendpls’ (anonymity requested). They shipped the partypoker ‘Heavyweight: The Title Warm Up – $150K GTD’ for $31.7K and claims our “PokerGuru Star of the Week Title”.

Important developments seen in the week include PokerBaazi pro Vikram Kumar partnering with Abhishek Jalan’s poker staking business AceJack, Deltin World Gaming Festival announcing its return with Jackie Shroff as the brand ambassador. But, the week wasn’t all cheers as Goa continued making news and this time the Bombay High Court at Goa declined Golden Globe’s plea for a jetty and advance pass for the sixth offshore casino vessel MV Lucky Seven.

In international news, PokerStars released the Power Up variant for real money on the .EU client and New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada have agreed to share the online player pool in the three states.

Finally, in tournament reports, we have the result of the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Main Event.


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‘Bemyfriendpls’ tops the cashes list this past week by winning the partypoker ‘Heavyweight: The Title Warm Up – $150K GTD’ for $31,778.64. For this, Srivats takes our “PokerGuru Star of the Week” title.

Other notable scores include –

‘SharkTank’ won ₹5 Lakhs for 1st place in PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Super Sunday (₹5 Lac GTD to 1st, ₹15 Lac GTD)’

Shravan ‘sweatmyass13’ Chhabria won ₹4.27 Lakhs for 1st place in ‘Adda52 Millions’. He also won $3,779.09 for 4th place in the PokerStars ‘Big $109, $40K GTD’ and won $2,112.42 for 5th place in the PokerStars ‘Big $44, $60K GTD’

Anandan ‘Dad_of_Poker’ Murugesan won ₹2.6 Lakhs for 1st place in Adda52 ‘Sunday Suits’

‘sachin3254’ won ₹1.25 Lakhs for 1st place in PokerBaazi ‘Baazi Super Sunday (₹5 Lac GTD) (DeepStack Turbo Re-Entry)’

Armaan ‘armaan007’ Kocchar won $9,888.65 for 1st place in the PokerStars ‘Big $109, $40K GTD’ and won $1,669.88 for 1st place in the PokerStars ‘$27 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo,3-Stack], $6K GTD’

‘Spine619’ won $7,290.22 for 2nd place in the PokerStars ‘Big $11, $65K GTD’

Sharad ‘Keenyle’ Rao won $6,450.00 for 1st place in the 888 Poker ‘The $30,000 Sunday Crocodile’

Akash ‘proFISHnal’ Malik won $2,979.22 for 1st place in the PokerStars ‘Hot $109, $12K GTD’ and won $2,084.55 for 4th place in the PokerStars ‘Bounty Builder $162, $40K GTD’. He also won $1,841.66 for 6th place in the PokerStars ‘$109 Sunday Wrap-Up, $40K GTD’

Raghav ‘rossoneri23’ Bansal won $1,128.57 for 93rd place in the PokerStars ‘$215 SUNDAY MILLION, $1,000,000 GTD’


Power Up Now Live For Real Money Play on PokerStars

Online giant PokerStars latest offering ‘Power Up’ launched its real money games on the .EU client this past week. The variant looks like a typical Hold’em game and is played in a three-handed Sit & Go format where the winner takes all but gives power cards to players which serve different utilities. The real money games will soon hit the .com and .UK clients at stakes of $1, $3, $7 and $15.


New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware to Share Online Player Pool

In a breakthrough development for poker players in USA; New Jersey, Nevada and Delware has reached an agreement that will allow iGaming customers in these three states to play with each other in a shared player pool which will help increase poker revenue in each of the three states.

Read the complete report here.


Vikram Kumar Joins Abhishek Jalan’s AceJack Poker Staking Stable as Partner

Abhishek Jalan’s AceJack poker stable found a new partner in popular PokerBaazi Team pro Vikram Kumar aka ‘Lungi’. Kumar`s attitude together with Jalan`s passion for the sport is bound to make this collaboration a success.

Vikram Kumar and Abhishek Jalan
Vikram Kumar and Abhishek Jalan

Read the complete report here


Golden Globe’s Plea For Jetty & Advance Pass Rejected By Bombay HC in Goa

The Golden Globe Hotel Private Limited`s (GGHPL) plea seeking directions to the state government for allotting a jetty to MV Lucky Seven on its return to Goa after repairs was declined this week by Bombay High Court (HC) at Goa on October 10. However, the division bench granted an extension of one week for completing the survey of the vessel.

Read the complete report here


Deltin World Gaming Festival (WGF) Returns in November

Delta Corp Ltd this week in a press conference announced the return of the Deltin World Gaming Festival (WGF), which is slated to run from November 30 – December 4 and will mark the first time that the event will be held across multiple locations i.e. across Delta Corp properties in Goa, Daman and Sikkim as well as on online site These games will include Poker, Rummy, Roulette, Baccarat, Indian Flush, Andar Bahar and for the first-time, competitive video games (e-sports) will also part of the gaming festival.

That’s not all; popular Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff has been named the brand ambassador for the gaming event.


WPT DeepStacks Netherlands

The WPTDeepStacks Netherlands series hosted at the Holland Casino in Valkenburg closed out a successful outing this past week. The headline Main Event went on to become the second biggest Main Event this season attracting 251 entries that created a total prize pool of €241,453 with the top 27 players making it in the money. Besting them all was Ioannis Konstas who walked away with €56,806 along with a €2,000 package to the season-ending WPTDeepStacks Berlin Main Event.

Ioannis Angelou-Konstas
Ioannis Angelou-Konstas


Zarvan Tumboli was the sole challenger from the Indian camp who made it in the money. He finished 23rd place banking €2,269 (~₹1,73,197).

Zarvan Tumboli
Zarvan Tumboli


Tumboli was in good form and even final tabled the Warm-up event. He finished seventh for €2,253 (₹1,73,487). Another Indian player in the spotlight was Kunal Patni who fell just shy of making the final table, finishing 13th for €811(₹62,449). The event was taken down by Paul Souhoka for €13,534.

Read the complete report here.

The €2,200 High Roller event attracted 79 entries (75 on Day 1 and 4 on Day 2) and was taken down by Adam Fawzi for €45,396.

Adam Fawzi
Adam Fawzi


Read the complete report here


Justin Boggs Ships WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Main Event

The World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana $1,675 Main Event attracted 424 entrants with the top 45 places getting paid. Justin Boggs, a teacher and recreational player clinched his first WSOP Circuit ring along with winning $139,920 and a seat to the season-ending Global Casino Championship for his finish.

Justin Boggs
Justin Boggs


Read the complete report here


That’s it for this week, folks. We will return same time next week with all the important news from the poker world.

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